- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant destroyed a bridge north of Baghdad that Iraqi forces used as a key supply line.

“Daash militants detonated a suicide truck bomb on the bridge over the Tharthar canal, destroying two spans,” a police colonel told Agence France Presse on Tuesday. ‘Daash’ is an Arabic acronym for the ISIL terrorist group.

An Iraqi army source confirmed with AFP that the bridge, located in Samarra, was completely destroyed. The city is roughly 70 miles outside of Baghdad.


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Members of ISIL currently control the city of Tikrit and the destruction of the bridge limits Iraqi forces heading that direction to go over the nation’s Samarra dam bridge, AFP reported. The problem with traversing over the remaining bridge is that it isn’t made to handle the weight of many military vehicles.